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Docs Raise Concerns Over 'Lazy Cakes'



    Docs Have Concerns About 'Lazy Cakes'

    Amount of melatonin in these brownies could cause some unwanted side effects, doctors say. (Published Thursday, May 19, 2011)

    They're dubbed as a relaxation aid, but some doctors say what's inside a new line of brownies could harm some people.

    Dubbed "The Original Relaxation Brownie," Lazy Cakes are sold at convenience stores throughout the Chicago area.

    They'll do more than just cure a sweet tooth, however.  They contain melatonin, a neuro-hormone produced in our bodies that helps us sleep. In fact, they contain more than two and a half times the melatonin that's recommended for use as a sleep aid. 

    "Melatonin helps calm us down. It also lowers our core temperature and prepares us for sleep," said Dr. David Zich of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 

    Zich admits that the brownies are safe provided those who use them are informed. 

    "Melatonin can actually cause seizures in people who are predisposed to it.  If you're a woman trying to get pregnant, or a man trying to start a family, it can interfere with your ability to start a family," he said.  "[But] if you need to relax, you take it at night, and there's no other obligations that you have, it shouldn't be dangerous."
    The danger comes into play when the brownies are eaten by the wrong age group.  According to the label, Lazy Cakes are meant for adult use only.

    Still, the brownies have gotten into the hands of children.  Since Lazy Cakes hit the market, at least three reports have surfaced of young children being hospitalized after eating them. 

    Arkansas on Thursday became the first state to ban Lazy Cakes. In Illinois, Sen. Dick Durbin sent a letter to the FDA asking the agency to regulate Lazy Cakes.

    Other brands of melatonin-laced brownies include Kush Cakes and Lulla Pies.

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